Planned Parenthood stands to lose around $60 million in federal funding under a new rule issued by the Trump administration.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a rule that restricts federal funding to organizations that provide abortion referrals. This means organizations can no longer take federal funds if their counseling includes any information on where or how to get an abortion — encompassing practically every Planned Parenthood clinic in the nation, including those that do not perform abortions.
The anticipated ruling is predicted to cut $60 million from Planned Parenthood's coffers.
The rule, first proposed by HHS last year under the Title X Family Planning Program, bars groups from providing abortions if they are performed in the same building as other services funded by federal money. The rule would also block funding for organizations that refer women elsewhere for abortions.
In short, abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood will not receive Title X funding if they choose not to comply with the Protect Life Rule.
The rule advances President Trump's promise to stop taxpayer funding of abortion businesses and comes as no surprise after Trump's Feb. 5 remarks at the State of the Union Address: "Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth — all children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God." The President — called by a number of pro-life leaders "the most pro-life President in U.S. history" — also used the occasion to appeal to lawmakers to "build a culture that cherishes innocent life," terms evocative of the phrase "culture of life" used by Pope St. John Paul II in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae.
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